It’s official: Summer is here, says Pagasa

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You may have felt the profuse sweating and the oily sheen over your brow the past weeks and presumed summer has arrived. It just did.

The weather bureau officially declared summer on Monday, warning of sizzling temperatures that could go beyond 35 degrees Celsius come May.

Advising the public against leaving home without protection from the searing heat, Ricky Fabregas, forecaster at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), said it would be better if people reserved going out only for important errands.

Pagasa said that the amihan (northeast monsoon) had ended and that the easterlies, moist and warm winds from the Pacific Ocean moving from east to west in the lower latitudes of the equator, were in effect.

Fabregas said the end of the amihan was the bureau’s primary indicator of the onset of summer.

Pagasa Administrator Nathaniel Servando said in a weather outlook bulletin for March that during the month, near normal rainfall conditions were likely in most areas of the country except Central Luzon.

“Slightly warmer-than-average air temperatures will be felt in most parts of the country, except for some areas in Luzon which will likely experience near average air temperatures,” Servando said.

The average air temperature in the country is 33 degrees Celsius.

The bulletin added that the expected temperature range in the lowlands of Luzon was from 21 degrees to 35 degrees, and from 13 degrees to 26 degrees in mountainous areas.

In the Visayas, Pagasa expects temperatures at 23 degrees to as high as 34 degrees.

In Mindanao, the expected air temperature range is 23 degrees to 35 degrees in the lowlands and 18 degrees to 32 degrees in mountainous areas.

Servando told the Inquirer that although Pagasa expected temperature to soar to 35 degrees, it could turn out to be much hotter in the succeeding months.

He said that the public should brace themselves for scorching weather during the Holy Week.

In its 5 p.m. announcement of the end the northeast monsoon, the weather bureau said, “The establishment of the ridge of the Pacific high pressure area that extended over Luzon has shifted the wind direction to easterly and southeasterly and the gradual increase of observed daily temperature recorded in most parts of the country signifies the recession of the northeast monsoon.”

The agency added, “Conditions will be mostly sunny associated with warm and humid air in most parts of the country aside from isolated rain showers and thunderstorms particularly over the eastern section of the Visayas and Mindanao.”

It concluded, “However there are times that strong easterly winds will prevail over the eastern section of the Visayas and Mindanao with moderate to rough coastal waters.”

Fabregas advised people not to leave their homes without drinking water for hydration and to bring umbrellas or protective gear to block the sun. He also advised the public to wear brightly colored shirts made of light fabric.

“Better yet, if you have no business to be out, stay home,” he said.

He said that based on the agency’s records, the hottest temperature recorded in the country was in Tuguegarao at Cagayan province at 42.2 degrees on May 11, 1969. In Metro Manila, the warmest temperature was 38.5 degrees on May 14, 1987.

Fabregas said temperatures may rise above 35 degrees by May.

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  • mumbaki ak

    May summer sa Pilipinas;)?

    • Andrew Dela Cruz

      wala po, tag init meron

      • mumbaki ak

        kaya nga eh.ambobo talaga ng pag-asa

  • $8866117

    okay summer na pinas, dito sa amin sa Toronto, still snowing at minus 5 c.

    • farmerpo

      Buti ka pa, libre halo halo. LOL.

      • $8866117

        mahal halo halo dito

      • PlumberfromCanada

        mahal?? ..KURIPOT naman!! pero kung maka kwento ng YAMAN niya KUNO e wagas…

      • $8866117

        sinabi ko ba na namamahalan ako, sabi ko “Mahal halo halo dito” hindi ako magbabayad ng $5.00 kung ang laman ay halo halo na crush ice, I would rather eat a good ice cream like “””BASKIN ROBBINS” hindi mo alam iyon kahit na mahal like one dollar and fifty cents a scoop okay lang may quality. Palibhasa sanay ka sa pinapakain mo sa pamilya mo ng “””PAGPAG;; na ulam yan ang mga alam mong pagkain. Talagang wala kang binatbat, at sa bandang huli kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo.

      • PlumberfromCanada

        BOPOL talaga..CRUSHED ICE na dapat

      • $8866117

        you are what we call
        here in the streets of Toronto a “”””””FUBAR”””’ SIMPLY MEANS ”’FcUk
        Beyond All Recognition”””” WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT YOU YOU’RE A MESS
        UP PUPPY. HINDUT MO

        y

      • $8866117

        ikaw ang mahina ang ulo, pinagsisiksikan mo na magaling ka wala ka naman maisulong na comment mo rito kungdi puna, ano ibig sabihin nuon. wala ka talagang binatbat at isang kang walanghiya at sira ulong hayup at nakikita na you are a “”””RABID DOG””””

      • $8866117

        kung bopol ako ikaw naman ””TUNGAW”’ SO ano ibig sabihin nuon mas BOPOL ka sa akin

      • PlumberfromCanada

        Ravens one it….Humburger…Kindergarden..Guess speaker…..iyan ang mga ipaliwanag mo BOPOL…

      • PlumberfromCanada

        yan ba halo halo dyan?? CRUSHED ICE?? sa Canada ka ba talaga o sa gagalangin tondo??

      • $8866117

        you are what we call
        here in the streets of Toronto a “”””””FUBAR”””’ SIMPLY MEANS ”’FcUk
        Beyond All Recognition”””” WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT YOU YOU’RE A MESS
        UP PUPPY. HINDUT MO

    • PlumberfromCanada

      ok lang yan, para di mainit pag nagpupunas ka ng pwet ng mga nasa home for the aged

      • $8866117

        ikaw nakakita na ng snow na galing sa itaas. hindi pa ang nakikita mo ang mga tamod na nakadikit sa kepyas ng asawa mo. dahil wala kayong tubig at kailangan umigib ka ng tubig sa fire hydrant. kawawang buhay meron ka, walang karangyarangya. Putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo.

      • PlumberfromCanada

        nakikita ang breeding mo…

      • $8866117

        you are what we call
        here in the streets of Toronto a “”””””FUBAR”””’ SIMPLY MEANS ”’FcUk
        Beyond All Recognition”””” WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT YOU YOU’RE A MESS
        UP PUPPY. HINDUT MO

        you are what we call
        here in the streets of Toronto a “”””””FUBAR”””’ SIMPLY MEANS ”’FcUk
        Beyond All Recognition”””” WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT YOU YOU’RE A MESS
        UP PUPPY. HINDUT MO

  • boybakal

    It’s official: Summer is here, says Pagasa….so what.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucio.v.liwanag Lucio V Liwanag

    you guys there from PAGASA are real nuts , stay out of your office and feel the heat , matagal ng summer

  • farmerpo

    Owwwsssss, global warming yan. Kelan ba winter dine sa Pinas.? Dito po eh, medyo mainit, mainit, mas mainit at pinaka mainit.

  • KarmaGMA

    summer nga pero lagi naman umuulan sa amin…what a joke

  • HarryK

    Pagasa cannot tell us how long the summer will last.

  • Steve Valentino

    Summer is here? It’s always summer in your country you daft twit. Typical Pinoy wishing he’s white and living in America.

  • boybakal

    It’s official: Summer is here, says Pagasa….

    As if the country came from snow winter to announce summer.
    Summer is whole year round in PI….tunggak.

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